Questions and Answers
Questions are a natural part of our daily lives. We wake up every morning with all kinds of questions. Take a moment and think about some of the different questions we might encounter just in the morning:
“What’s the weather going to be like today?”
“Is my husband/wife still mad at me?”
“What do I want for breakfast?”
“Will I get the promotion?”
“Will the car start today?”
“What will the doctor say?”
Each of us might rank these questions in different orders of importance, but we can certainly agree that some are more pressing than others. Some of the answers aren’t going to be relevant tomorrow; some of them might change our whole life. Every morning when we wake up, we have far more universal questions than these before us. Questions that most people take for granted. Questions of identity and purpose. Questions about reality itself. That is how worldviews shape our lives.
Worldviews answer the most important of all questions:
Where are we?
What is the nature of the world, the universe around us?
Who are we?
What is the essential nature of humanity?
What’s gone wrong?
Why is the world in such a mess?
What is the solution?
What can we do about it?
The reason most people don’t think about these questions this way is because we don’t tend to answer them this way. Cultures and societies, the groups of people we belong to, tell stories that answer these questions for us. We belong to the groups of people we share stories with. Those stories express our worldview. Those stories anchor us in reality; they explain why things are the way they are – why we are the way we are – why we do what we do.
I challenge you to spend some time this month thinking about the different stories in your life that help answer these questions for you. In the coming months, we will look to the Word of God and see how God provides us with trustworthy and reliable answers that will provide a real foundation for our Christian lives.
Thanks for reading, and may God bless your reading of His Word!